Fort McDowell Pave Dirt Roads

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation (FMYN) received federal funding for paving dirt roads within the Reservation. Approximately 19 miles of roads were targeted for paving, four miles ultimately funded, triggering compliance with Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) who administers federal funds. A Categorical Exclusion (CE) was completed for the project for the first phase (4 miles) of road improvements. In addition to preparing a CE, a Biological Assessment was prepared to mitigate potential impacts to nesting bald eagles within the Reservation.

Location: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Timeframe: November 2009 – September 2011
Accomplishments: Consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service allowed for buffer zones to be established during construction to minimize disturbance to bald eagles
Challenges: Clear communication of buffer zones to design plans and contractor specifications